Scottish Mountain Birds in Danger of Extinction
RSPB Scotland is worried that two of the Celtic nation’s rarest birds may now be in serious danger of extinction. These two birds are the dotterel and the snow bunting. Both rare birds only breed in the highest parts of Scottish mountains – however, due to climate change, both species have already started to move further uphill and further north in many cases, but now the RSPB is worried they may have nowhere else to go. A study being conducted by the birds charity is looking at current populations of dotterel and snow bunting to establish whether there have been changes, and if further research and conservation effort is needed. The conservationists are now looking for some help from the public to provide sightings of some of the nation's rarest birds.
Andy Douse, senior RSPB ornithologist, said: "I'd encourage walkers to report any sightings of these mountain birds to help with this important survey.
"Dotterel and snow bunting are both fascinating birds, but we are far from having a complete picture of how they're faring in Scotland in recent years. This survey, as well as help from the public, should make all the difference."